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Rolex Chapati is a famous street food in Uganda(East Africa) that has gained popularity over the years. The dish is often made by rolling a flatbread called chapati around an omelet filled with vegetables and spices.
It is very common in Kampala; whenever food is mentioned in Kampala, the Ugandan Rolex Chapati quickly comes to mind. It has become so popular that it is now a staple food in Uganda, and it is not uncommon to find street vendors selling it in almost every corner of the country.
What is Ugandan Rolex Chapati?
Despite the name, it has nothing to do with the luxury watch brand we are familiar with! Instead, “Rolex” is a combination of two words: “rolled” and “eggs,” as the dish consists of a tasty egg omelet rolled in chapati – a type of unleavened flatbread commonly enjoyed in many African countries.
It is believed to have originated from Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, in the 1960s. It became popular as an affordable and filling street food option among university students and the city favorite, eventually spreading nationwide and gaining worldwide recognition.
Ugandan Rolex Recipe
The ingredients for Rolex Chapati are simple, but the combination of flavors sets it apart. You’ll need the following ingredients to make this yummy dish:
Eggs: Beaten and seasoned with salt, pepper, and optional spices like onion and tomato.
Chapati: A thin, circular flatbread made from wheat flour, oil, salt, and water. It is similar to Indian roti or Mexican tortillas.
Vegetables: Some variations include sliced tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and cabbage, which add a delightful crunch and freshness to the dish.
Sauces and condiments: To enhance its flavor, Rolex Chapati is often served with various sauces, such as chili sauce and ketchup.
Why the Name “Rolex”
As mentioned earlier, the name “Rolex” is a creative fusion of “rolled” and “eggs.” It was called “rolled eggs.” It gained popularity as a catchphrase used by street food vendors in Uganda to attract customers. The name has since become synonymous with this particular dish, and today, you can hear people ordering a “Rolex Chapati” at street food stalls across the country.
Ugandan Rolex Calories
On average, a single chapati (approximately 100 grams) provides around:
- Calories: 250-300 calories
- Carbohydrates: 50-60 grams
- Protein: 8-12 grams
- Fat: 4-8 grams
- Fiber: 2-4 grams
It’s important to note that these values can vary depending on the size and thickness of the chapati, as well as the specific brand or recipe used.
Common Fillings and Their Calorie Counts: The calorie content of a Ugandan Rolex largely depends on the fillings added to the chapati. While there are various combinations possible, here are some common fillings and their approximate calorie counts based on average portion sizes:
- Eggs (2 large): 140-160 calories
- Tomatoes (1 medium): 20-25 calories
- Onions (1 small): 20-30 calories
- Cabbage (1/2 cup shredded): 10-15 calories
- Bell peppers (1/2 medium): 15-20 calories
- Carrots (1 small): 20-30 calories
- Green chilies (1 small): 5-10 calories
Please note that these values are approximate and can vary based on the size of ingredients used and any additional seasonings or sauces that may be added.
Tips for making a delicious Ugandan Rolex
To prevent the filling from becoming too watery, cook the eggs separately before adding them. This will also help to ensure that the eggs are cooked to your desired level of doneness.
To prevent the filling from falling out, roll the Rolex tightly. This will also help to keep the filling warm and prevent it from getting soggy.
How Much is Rolex Food in Uganda?
The price of Ugandan Rolex can vary depending on where you buy it and the location within Uganda. Generally, Rolex is an affordable street food, and prices can range from 2,000 Ugandan Shillings (UGX) to 5,000 UGX or more, depending on factors like the size, location, ingredients, and any additional fillings or toppings.
Ugandan Rolex Chapati
- 1 pack East African Chapati
- 10 eggs
- tomatoes (chopped)
- onion (chopped)
- cabbage (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- black pepper
- vegetable oil
- Prepare the chapatis according to package instructions until soft and slightly browned, keeping them warm.1 pack East African Chapati
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet, sauté onions until golden, then add tomatoes, cabbage, coriander powder, salt, and black pepper, cooking until tender.vegetable oil
- Remove the vegetable mixture and set it aside.cabbage (chopped)
- Scramble the eggs in the same skillet, season with salt and black pepper.10 eggs
- Lay the chapati flat, spoon scrambled eggs and sautéed vegetables onto it.
- Fold the sides in and roll the chapati tightly.
- Repeat for the remaining chapatis.
- Serve the Ugandan Rolex Chapatis whole or sliced, and enjoy.